Lost my first chicken-what do you think?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by keaniebeanie, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. keaniebeanie

    keaniebeanie In the Brooder

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    Came home from vacation to find 1 chicken dead in the run. My friend/sitter showed up at the same time as we did and she said they were all fine when she let them out that morning. Coffee had been dead for some time as she was stiff. It was very warm outside so can't say she was cold. Anyway, when I lifted her up liquid came out of her mouth and she was dripping yellow yolk like liquid from the back. I am thinking she probably had been egg bound and an egg break inside. My friend had never been around my chickens before so didn't pick up that anything was going on with her. My neighbors also had seen them that morning and said everyone seemed fine. I had gotten a few soft shelled eggs in the week or 2 before hand. Just wondering if I am on the right track.

    The worst is that it was my youngest son's hen. He was devistated. Not sure if it was worse because he saw it laying there dead or not. [​IMG] We had a funeral and family burial. My oldest wrote a note to be placed in the grave signed by the whole family. So, coffee rests at the forest edge with a flat rock headstone, engraved with another rock by my boys. [​IMG]
     
  2. slackwater

    slackwater Songster

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    I don't know, but I feel for you. Chicken deaths can be so hard [​IMG]
     
  3. MomtoSyd&Emma

    MomtoSyd&Emma Songster

    Jul 13, 2009
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    I am so sorry for your loss, we have lost 5 this week (all at the same time) due to the heat wave. Do you think that could of played a part in it?
     
  4. keaniebeanie

    keaniebeanie In the Brooder

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    I don't think it was from heat. It happened last Saturday, although warm not as hot and humid as the last few days here in the northeast.
     
  5. Jeeper1540

    Jeeper1540 Songster

    im so sorry.
     
  6. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Songster

    Wonderful way to handle it with your kids... they will be stronger for it... so sorry about your hen.
     

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